With Ryan Giggs set to be announced as the new Wales manager on Monday afternoon, it won’t take long before attention turns as to who will make up his backroom staff.
The 44-year-old former Manchester United winger is believed to have agreed a four-year deal as the replacement for Chris Coleman, who quit the post in November to take over as manager of struggling Championship side Sunderland.
Giggs was reportedly one of four candidates, alongside Mark Bowen, Craig Bellamy and Osian Roberts.
He had a sojourn as David Moyes’ replacement at Manchester United before assisting Louis van Gaal and has won 64 caps for Wales.
But the question as to who will be his number two is already being discussed.
In an interview with BBC Wales (via The Mirror), former Manchester United and Wales winger Mickey Thomas broached the subject of who will be the new Wales assistant manager.
“Ryan has to decide who he wants to help him, but Paul Scholes has been mentioned.
“Current number two Osian Roberts has been a massive part of the Welsh success for the last 10 years and I would think he would be involved as well.”
Roberts, as a link to the existing set of players, would be a smart appointment.
In terms of Scholes, the two were obviously long-term teammates at Old Trafford and are both part-owners of Salford City.
Their combined footballing acumen can only be a positive, but some scepticism remains as to Giggs’ credentials, something Thomas touched on also.
“He deserves a chance at this. He’s played 64 times for his country and at one of the biggest club’s in the world.
“Chris Coleman didn’t a magnificent job, but when Giggs starts winning games everything will be forgotten.
“He wants an opportunity to show what he can do. He’s been with the best manager in the world. When he walks into the dressing he will get that respect.”